After the Storm: Clemson

After the Storm: Clemson

Stefan Adams
The Miami Hurricanes lost their primetime showdown with the #1 Clemson Tigers Saturday night, 42-17. After a rewatch of the game, here were my takeaways and grades.


**The Hurricanes got a little bit of a reality check this weekend. Regardless of recent past circumstances, there is going to be a lot of hype when you’re a prominent program in the top 10 playing the #1 team in the country in primetime. Up to Saturday, UM had a strong 2020 season to their name and they were able to answer a lot of the questions that plagued the program after last year’s disastrous campaign. If Miami had beaten Clemson this weekend, at that point you’d be realistic in thinking about the College Football Playoff and maybe more, which is crazy when you think about where this program was at the end of 2019.

Ultimately, the team just wasn’t ready for that level of competition; that is hard to stomach at some level for a program that has been in a vicious cycle of “one step forward, two steps back” for years now and some may feel that Miami is simply right back where they were after the 2017 ACC Championship. The reality is that this was a 6-7 team last year still searching for an identity heading into the offseason. Miami still has their warts, and those issues only get magnified when you go up against an elite opponent. The rot that existed in Hecht was always going to take more than one year to fix to have UM consistently competing at a championship level, and, if the first three games are any indication, much progress has been made in the area of beating the teams Miami is supposed to beat and maintaining the proper intensity and focus in preparation every week. If UM continues to build on those foundational principles, it won’t be long until they are competing with the Clemson’s of the college football world.


**The Canes needed a lot to go right for them to win this game. Going into a road matchup against a team that is more talented than you, it’s imperative that you bring your ‘A’ game, limit mistakes, and hope for a little luck. However, even with the fortune of a blocked FG for a TD, you’re not going to win many contests against a squad like Clemson in Death Valley by committing 15 penalties and losing the turnover battle (3 to 1). What’s worse is that UM’s miscues came in a lot of key moments when they squandered slivers of opportunities to get back in the game.

For example, in a sequence to open the second half down 11, the Canes failed to capitalize on the momentum shift provided by DJ Ivey’s FG block returned for a touchdown when, on the very first play of the half, Jarrid Williams was flagged for a false start penalty to put UM behind the sticks before the drive even started. After going three and out, Clemson gave Miami another chance to close the gap with Trevor Lawrence’s fumble in Tiger territory. Instead of making Clemson pay for that error, Miami goes out and throws a pick in the endzone. It’s little moments like these that added up and usually ends up making all the difference in big games against top tier opponents.


**Miami never really capitalized on Clemson’s relative weaknesses. The Tigers came into the weekend with their typical highly talented and deep team, but there were a few areas of the game that they weren’t as great in as they were last year, chiefly on the offensive line and in the secondary. Each unit was mostly made up of new starters, especially on the O-Line, where the Tigers were breaking in 4 new starters, and as a result were rushing for about 80 ypg less than they had the previous year and giving up more pressures than usual.

To pull off the upset on the road, Miami really needed to exploit Clemson in these areas of the game and hammer those weaknesses, but UM didn’t come very close to doing that. The Canes’ lack of WR development was never more apparent, as they combined for just 5 catches in the game, something that is a major issue that is really holding back the rest of the offense right now. Instead of completely shutting down the Clemson run game and taking advantage of an inexperienced OL, the Canes front 7 allowed Clemson to rush for a season-high 258 yards, obtained only 1 sack, and let the Clemson OL set the tone of the game in the trenches and control the pace of play. Looking at those aspects alone, this game was disappointing on those fronts.


**Miami’s OL took a step back after a strong start to 2020. Clemson’s gameplan on defense was apparent from the get-go and remained consistent throughout the night: Sell-out sending the house with blitzes to pressure D’Eriq King, make him uncomfortable, and really test Miami’s communication up front. Unfortunately, UM’s offensive line that had handled everything thrown at them up until that point folded against one of the best front 7’s they’ll see all season, giving up 5 sacks and 11 TFL to Clemson after previously allowing only 3 sacks all year.

This also worked in part because Clemson was not scared at all by UM’s receivers and did not concern themselves too much with getting beat by a big play over the top. They were content to take away the middle of the field for the TE's and force the receivers to beat them on the outside while selling out to stop the run and pressure King. The UM run game was what the Canes had relied on so far this season with 232.3 ypg coming into the contest, but the Miami offensive line was also getting zero push up front and giving the backs little room to operate. The OL's poor performance led to Canes’ RB’s combining for a pathetic 11 yards on 10 carries.


**King played poorly, but ultimately was hard to judge too harshly with the terrible supporting performances around him. King of course had his worst game of the year, throwing his first two interceptions of 2020 while going only 12-28 (42.9%) for 121 yards through the air. Again, though, with the cascading effects of poor blocking up front, no receivers getting open, and zero traditional run game, King was set up to fail from the opening whistle. This was partially exemplified on King’s first INT, where he threw a 50/50 jump ball for Dee Wiggins, who promptly fell to the ground while getting out-muscled and bodied by Clemson DB Sherion Jones for the ball.

At one point, with it becoming more and more clear that Miami wasn’t going to get anything from their other players on the attack unit, King put the offense on his back and the only way they were moving the ball was via King scrambles (14 carries for 84 yards, rushing TD). So, while there’s no doubt this was a setback considering the promise he showed through the first three games, I’m willing to give King a mulligan for this performance and I particularly liked the way he competed the whole way despite taking a ton of tough hits all night.


**Even despite the aforementioned disadvantages, I didn’t like the game the Miami coordinators called. These type of games are the ones where coaches really earn their paychecks and you really see what your coordinators are made of when they’re facing a superior opponent. I hoped to see an aggressive and varied gameplan from both Rhett Lashlee and Blake Baker, but instead it was only the Clemson coaches that came out with that approach even with the talent advantage in their favor. The Tigers ran a ton of motion and misdirection plays with great execution on offense to keep the UM defense off balance, while dialing up exotic blitzes at the perfect times on defense to pressure the UM offense. On the other hand, despite a few trick play attempts, I thought the Canes were too content to sit back and just let their athletes “go make plays”, while also being slow to make effective adjustments to what Clemson was throwing at them. Most of the offense came simply from King scrambling on broken plays, and Lashlee did not add much to the equation to make the situation easier on his unit. On defense, the opportunity was there for Baker to exploit a suspect Clemson OL coming in, but he did not take advantage of their inexperience in any meaningful way. Again, yes it’s Clemson, but I still hoped to see more from these two this weekend.


**Overall, I’ve liked how S Bubba Bolden and Gilbert Frierson have developed this season. Even though he was a part of giving up two of Clemson’s TD’s, Bolden made multiple impact plays in the game. Bolden again led Miami with 10 tackles vs. the Tigers (team-leading 27 this year), blocked two kicks on special teams, and forced the fumble on Lawrence that gave UM the ball in Clemson territory early in the second half in an 11 point game. He’s been strong in run support all season and has also made strides as a pass defender recently as well. In a game where Miami was lacking in the big plays department, Bolden came through to help keep UM in the game and won ACC DB of the week for his troubles. Great to see him finally reaching his potential after essentially a lost season last year due to eligibility issues and injury.

Striker Gilbert Frierson also deserves some mention after a strong 3 TFL performance; he now actually leads the team in TFL this year with 6 and is third with 18 total tackles. After starting the season locked in a position battle, Frierson has really begun to put some distance between himself and Keontra Smith, and has become a versatile chess piece for the Miami defense, even lining up out wide at corner at one point vs. Clemson.


Grades

Offense: F

It’s a little more difficult giving out grades this week considering the opponent, but it’s hard to gloss over the fact that the offense only managed 210 yards and 10 points. Didn’t like the gameplan, poor execution, and could not sustain drives to help out the defense (7 three and outs, 4 of 15 -26.7%- on third downs). Most of Miami’s offense came from broken play scrambles by King. 3.9 yards per play. 3 turnovers. 5 sacks and 11 TFL allowed. A terrible performance in pretty much every aspect.

Defense: F

550 total yards and 42 points allowed. Could not exploit a suspect Clemson OL coming in and instead got steamrolled for 258 rushing yards and only 1 sack. Allowed 6.3 ypp. 8 for 17 (47.1%) on third downs. 9 TFL was a highlight. Nowhere close to being enough to win.

Special Teams: A+

If there was a bright spot in this game, it was the performance of the UM special teams. Miami blocked three FG attempts and also got points when they brought one back for a TD. Lou Hedley averaged 46.4 ypp, while Jose Borregales made his only FG attempt, a 42-yarder, and both XP’s. The coverage units did not allow any big returns. This could have been an area that was an X-Factor and pushed Miami over the top in a closer contest.

Coaching: F

Even though Clemson did have the upper hand regarding talent, Miami was pretty clearly also outcoached in this game. As mentioned, I didn’t like what I saw in terms of a lack of aggressive playcalling from both coordinators. Miami was slow to make effective in-game adjustments to what Clemson was throwing at them. Clemson came out, hit UM in the mouth early, and Miami never really responded either on the scoreboard or emotionally. 15 penalties is inexcusable from a discipline standpoint.
 

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The Miami Hurricanes lost their primetime showdown with the #1 Clemson Tigers Saturday night, 42-17. After a rewatch of the game, here were my takeaways and grades.


**The Hurricanes got a little bit of a reality check this weekend. Regardless of recent past circumstances, there is going to be a lot of hype when you’re a prominent program in the top 10 playing the #1 team in the country in primetime. Up to Saturday, UM had a strong 2020 season to their name and they were able to answer a lot of the questions that plagued the program after last year’s disastrous campaign. If Miami had beaten Clemson this weekend, at that point you’d be realistic in thinking about the College Football Playoff and maybe more, which is crazy when you think about where this program was at the end of 2019.

Ultimately, the team just wasn’t ready for that level of competition; that is hard to stomach at some level for a program that has been in a vicious cycle of “one step forward, two steps back” for years now and some may feel that Miami is simply right back where they were after the 2017 ACC Championship. The reality is that this was a 6-7 team last year still searching for an identity heading into the offseason. Miami still has their warts, and those issues only get magnified when you go up against an elite opponent. The rot that existed in Hecht was always going to take more than one year to fix to have UM consistently competing at a championship level, and, if the first three games are any indication, much progress has been made in the area of beating the teams Miami is supposed to beat and maintaining the proper intensity and focus in preparation every week. If UM continues to build on those foundational principles, it won’t be long until they are competing with the Clemson’s of the college football world.


**The Canes needed a lot to go right for them to win this game. Going into a road matchup against a team that is more talented than you, it’s imperative that you bring your ‘A’ game, limit mistakes, and hope for a little luck. However, even with the fortune of a blocked FG for a TD, you’re not going to win many contests against a squad like Clemson in Death Valley by committing 15 penalties and losing the turnover battle (3 to 1). What’s worse is that UM’s miscues came in a lot of key moments when they squandered slivers of opportunities to get back in the game.

For example, in a sequence to open the second half down 11, the Canes failed to capitalize on the momentum shift provided by DJ Ivey’s FG block returned for a touchdown when, on the very first play of the half, Jarrid Williams was flagged for a false start penalty to put UM behind the sticks before the drive even started. After going three and out, Clemson gave Miami another chance to close the gap with Trevor Lawrence’s fumble in Tiger territory. Instead of making Clemson pay for that error, Miami goes out and throws a pick in the endzone. It’s little moments like these that added up and usually ends up making all the difference in big games against top tier opponents.


**Miami never really capitalized on Clemson’s relative weaknesses. The Tigers came into the weekend with their typical highly talented and deep team, but there were a few areas of the game that they weren’t as great in as they were last year, chiefly on the offensive line and in the secondary. Each unit was mostly made up of new starters, especially on the O-Line, where the Tigers were breaking in 4 new starters, and as a result were rushing for about 80 ypg less than they had the previous year and giving up more pressures than usual.

To pull off the upset on the road, Miami really needed to exploit Clemson in these areas of the game and hammer those weaknesses, but UM didn’t come very close to doing that. The Canes’ lack of WR development was never more apparent, as they combined for just 5 catches in the game, something that is a major issue that is really holding back the rest of the offense right now. Instead of completely shutting down the Clemson run game and taking advantage of an inexperienced OL, the Canes front 7 allowed Clemson to rush for a season-high 258 yards, obtained only 1 sack, and let the Clemson OL set the tone of the game in the trenches and control the pace of play. Looking at those aspects alone, this game was disappointing on those fronts.


**Miami’s OL took a step back after a strong start to 2020. Clemson’s gameplan on defense was apparent from the get-go and remained consistent throughout the night: Sell-out sending the house with blitzes to pressure D’Eriq King, make him uncomfortable, and really test Miami’s communication up front. Unfortunately, UM’s offensive line that had handled everything thrown at them up until that point folded against one of the best front 7’s they’ll see all season, giving up 5 sacks and 11 TFL to Clemson after previously allowing only 3 sacks all year.

This also worked in part because Clemson was not scared at all by UM’s receivers and did not concern themselves too much with getting beat by a big play over the top. They were content to take away the middle of the field for the TE's and force the receivers to beat them while selling out to stop the run and pressure King. The UM run game was what the Canes had relied on so far this season with 232.3 ypg coming into the contest, but the Miami offensive line was also getting zero push up front and giving the backs little room to operate: The Canes’ RB’s combined for a pathetic 11 yards on 10 carries.


**King played poorly, but ultimately was hard to judge too harshly with the terrible supporting performances around him. King of course had his worst game of the year, throwing his first two interceptions of 2020 while going only 12-28 (42.9%) for 121 yards through the air. Again, though, with the cascading effects of poor blocking up front, no receivers getting open, and zero traditional run game, King was set up to fail from the opening whistle. This was partially exemplified on King’s first INT, where he threw a 50/50 jump ball for Dee Wiggins, who promptly fell to the ground while getting out-muscled and bodied by Clemson DB Sherion Jones for the ball.

At one point, with it becoming more and more clear that Miami wasn’t going to get anything from their other players on the attack unit, King put the offense on his back and the only way they were moving the ball was via King scrambles (14 carries for 84 yards, rushing TD). So, while there’s no doubt this was a setback considering the promise he showed through the first three games, I’m willing to give King a mulligan for this performance and I particularly liked the way he competed the whole way despite taking a ton of tough hits all night.


**Even despite the aforementioned disadvantages, I didn’t like the game the Miami coordinators called. These type of games are the ones where coaches really earn their paychecks and you really see what your coordinators are made of when they’re facing a superior opponent. I hoped to see an aggressive and varied gameplan from both Rhett Lashlee and Blake Baker, but instead it was only the Clemson coaches that came out with that approach even with the talent advantage in their favor. The Tigers ran a ton of motion and misdirection plays with great execution on offense to keep the UM defense off balance, while dialing up exotic blitzes at the perfect times on defense to pressure the UM offense. On the other hand, despite a few trick play attempts, I thought the Canes were too content to sit back and just let their athletes “go make plays”, while also being slow to make effective adjustments to what Clemson was throwing at them. Most of the offense came simply from King scrambling on broken plays, and Lashlee did not add much to the equation to make the situation easier on his unit. On defense, the opportunity was there for Baker to exploit a suspect Clemson OL coming in, but he did not take advantage of their inexperience in any meaningful way. Again, yes it’s Clemson, but I still hoped to see more from these two this weekend.


**Overall, I’ve liked how S Bubba Bolden and Gilbert Frierson have developed this season. Even though he was a part of giving up two of Clemson’s TD’s, Bolden made multiple impact plays in the game. Bolden again led Miami with 10 tackles vs. the Tigers (team-leading 27 this year), blocked two kicks on special teams, and forced the fumble on Lawrence that gave UM the ball in Clemson territory early in the second half in an 11 point game. He’s been strong in run support all season and has also made strides as a pass defender recently as well. In a game where Miami was lacking in the big plays department, Bolden came through to help keep UM in the game and won ACC DB of the week for his troubles. Great to see him finally reaching his potential after essentially a lost season last year due to eligibility issues and injury.

Striker Gilbert Frierson also deserves some mention after a strong 3 TFL performance; he now actually leads the team in TFL this year with 6 and is third with 18 total tackles. After starting the season locked in a position battle, Frierson has really begun to put some distance between himself and Keontra Smith, and has become a versatile chess piece for the Miami defense, even lining up out wide at corner at one point vs. Clemson.


Grades

Offense: F

It’s a little more difficult giving out grades this week considering the opponent, but it’s hard to gloss over the fact that the offense only managed 210 yards and 10 points. Didn’t like the gameplan, poor execution, and could not sustain drives to help out the defense (7 three and outs, 4 of 15 -26.7%- on third downs). Most of Miami’s offense came from broken play scrambles by King. 3.9 yards per play. 3 turnovers. 5 sacks and 11 TFL allowed. A terrible performance in pretty much every aspect.

Defense: F

550 total yards and 42 points allowed. Could not exploit a suspect Clemson OL coming in and instead got steamrolled for 258 rushing yards and only 1 sack. Allowed 6.3 ypp. 8 for 17 (47.1%) on third downs. 9 TFL was a highlight. Nowhere close to being enough to win.

Special Teams: A+

If there was a bright spot in this game, it was the performance of the UM special teams. Miami blocked three FG attempts and also got points when they brought one back for a TD. Lou Hedley averaged 46.4 ypp, while Jose Borregales made his only FG attempt, a 42-yarder, and both XP’s. The coverage units did not allow any big returns. This could have been an area that was an X-Factor and pushed Miami over the top in a closer contest.

Coaching: F

Even though Clemson did have the upper hand regarding talent, Miami was pretty clearly also outcoached in this game. As mentioned, I didn’t like what I saw in terms of a lack of aggressive playcalling from both coordinators. Miami was slow to make effective in-game adjustments to what Clemson was throwing at them. Clemson came out, hit UM in the mouth early, and Miami never really responded either on the scoreboard or emotionally. 15 penalties is inexcusable from a discipline standpoint.
Offense: F
Defense: F
Special Teams: A+
Coaching: F

 
I hope the coaches are ashamed of their performance. After just 4 games, I don't want to believe Lashlee is just "Air Raid Richt“ who calls the same plays over and again, and displays zero creativity. He really pooped the bed.

Baker, as expected, showed that he should be the DC at Louisiana Tech, not the University of Miami. I know Diaz fired Enos after last season, but they weren't BFFs. Let see if Diaz has the stones to upgrade the DC after this season, or if he's going to tether his fate to his buddy just like Golden with D'No, and Richt with his mini-me. Remember, Dabo fired Kevin Steele (who had a top 25 defense) after a 10 win season and hired Venables from Oklahoma (who had a top 10 defense). Dabo was 29-19 before Venables and 101-12 after him. What will Diaz do? And who do I think could be Diaz's Venables? Well, I would look to pilfer the DC of another Cuban head coach hailing from Miami. Andy Avalos is up at Oregon making 865k per yr (New contract). That dude can recruit and coach.
 
Are you really surprised? Things played out about as expected, except for amazing special teams work for us.

Three things were obvious that have been obvious all year. First, our O-line just is not conference champ level, much less national title level. We are better in that area than even last year, but we are not good. Second, the combination of Lashlee's offense, tempo, and King was supposed to mask that deficiency. It can't. King is gutsy and mobile, he is dangerous on the move, but he is not really accurate. Third, our receivers provide zero help for him. Damn it has been a LOOONNGGGG time since Miami had a legitimate, weekly, go to pass catcher at either WR or TE.
 
I'm still strongly of the belief there was no point in more aggressive playcalling on offense because we can't execute. The receivers are god awful and the OL is far from elite. I don't understand anything we could have done to really make a difference.

Defense is another story. Baker just seems to be there, and not much more.
 
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I hope the coaches are ashamed of their performance. After just 4 games, I don't want to believe Lashlee is just "Air Raid Richt“ who calls the same plays over and again, and displays zero creativity. He really pooped the bed.

Baker, as expected, showed that he should be the DC at Louisiana Tech, not the University of Miami. I know Diaz fired Enos after last season, but they weren't BFFs. Let see if Diaz has the stones to upgrade the DC after this season, or if he's going to tether his fate to his buddy just like Golden with D'No, and Richt with his mini-me. Remember, Dabo fired Kevin Steele (who had a top 25 defense) after a 10 win season and hired Venables from Oklahoma (who had a top 10 defense). Dabo was 29-19 before Venables and 101-12 after him. What will Diaz do? And who do I think could be Diaz's Venables? Well, I would look to pilfer the DC of another Cuban head coach hailing from Miami. Andy Avalos is up at Oregon making 865k per yr (New contract). That dude can recruit and coach.
Great stuff @TimeB0mb While Lashlee's performance was complete and utter garbage, he has a overall body of work that shows him to be a creative and very effective OC and the offense has been transformed vs "non elite" opponents. I cannot explain his wretched performance on Saturday but it is undeniable what he has brought to the table his Clemson failure notwithstanding.

Blake Baker....Where do I begin? After his disjointed, inconsistent and mistake filled 1st season, I could see that he is not a UM caliber defensive coordinator. I was however willing to give him a chance to learn from his experience and develop as a coach. First let me be clear that we played an outstanding football team in Clemson and nobody could have expected him to come up with some magical game plan that would shut that offense down. What I did see however was a defense(the players) who never gave up and battled, starched and clawed to the end. I also saw some amazing collective potential for this defense to be much much better than they have shown. What it comes down to is that Baker IMO is holding this defense back from reaching the ceiling of what it could be. Let me give a few examples.

Too many times I saw Baker call line stunts for no particular reason other than to call it which resulted in huge lanes to run through. I very frequently saw Baker make great calls on 1st and 2nd down, get Clemson in a 3rd and long situation then suddenly become soft and passive and go into a soft prevent type zone essentially handing Clemson a 1st down on a silver platter. I saw far too many examples of the defense getting beat before the snap due to alignments that inexplicably put us at an obvious disadvantage. There were many times when I would see Baker call a coverage shell that was wrong for the given situation. Add to all of this there are personnel decisions regarding who plays and groupings that make little sense. Substitution patterns that appear random and arbitrary in nature are commonplace. Baker calls for blitzes and stunts at totally inappropriate times showing a clear lack of game feel or situational awareness. In short, Baker's defense is an amateurish, disjointed, disorganized, philosophically conflicted, arbitrary, fundamentally unsound and undisciplined mess. I'm sure Baker is a great guy with a great family and none of this is personal but he is IMO neither cutting it nor is he ever going to cut it here. The guy is just clearly in over his head and Diaz needs to continue to upgrade the staff by showing Baker and a couple of defensive position coaches the door.

With that out of the way, what is your personal opinion of Andy Avalos in terms of the type of coach he is and the scheme he runs? How much of an upgrade would he be in your opinion and specifically what would his defense bring to the table to improve our defense here? Besides Avalos, do you have any other names that you believe would be good candidates? Again nice post.
 
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Good read Stefan. Not ready to throw in the towel on the season yet. Not gonna make any judgements based off the fact that we aren’t ready to compete with a team that has been in the college playoffs the last 4-5 years and won 2-3 of them. We have won the ACC coastal once in 15 years. How about we start there first? Press on..I’ve moved on to Pitt now..
 
Great stuff @TimeB0mb While Lashlee's performance was complete and utter garbage, he has a overall body of work that shows him to be a creative and very effective OC and the offense has been transformed vs "non elite" opponents. I cannot explain his wretched performance on Saturday but it is undeniable what he has brought to the table his Clemson failure notwithstanding.

Blake Baker....Where do I begin? After his disjointed, inconsistent and mistake filled 1st season, I could see that he is not a UM caliber defensive coordinator. I was however willing to give him a chance to learn from his experience and develop as a coach. First let me be clear that we played an outstanding football team in Clemson and nobody could have expected him to come up with some magical game plan that would shut that offense down. What I did see however was a defense(the players) who never gave up and battled, starched and clawed to the end. I also saw some amazing collective potential for this defense to be much much better than they have shown. What it comes down to is that Baker IMO is holding this defense back from reaching the ceiling of what it could be. Let me give a few examples.

Too many times I saw Baker call line stunts for no particular reason other than to call it which resulted in huge lanes to run through. I very frequently saw Baker make great calls on 1st and 2nd down, get Clemson in a 3rd and long situation then suddenly become soft and passive and go into a soft prevent type zone essentially handing Clemson a 1st down on a silver platter. I saw far too many examples of the defense getting beat before the snap due to alignments that inexplicably put us at an obvious disadvantage. There were many times when I would see Baker call a coverage shell that was wrong for the given situation. Add to all of this there are personnel decisions regarding who plays and groupings that make little sense. Substitution patterns that appear random and arbitrary in nature are commonplace. Baker calls for blitzes and stunts at totally inappropriate times showing a clear lack of game feel or situational awareness. In short, Baker's defense is an amateurish, disjointed, disorganized, philosophically conflicted, arbitrary, fundamentally unsound and undisciplined mess. I'm sure Baker is a great guy with a great family and none of this is personal but he is IMO neither cutting it nor is he ever going to cut it here. The guy is just clearly in over his head and Diaz needs to continue to upgrade the staff by showing Baker and a couple of defensive position coaches the door.

With that out of the way, what is your personal opinion of Andy Avalos in terms of the type of coach he is and the scheme he runs? How much of an upgrade would he be in your opinion and specifically what would his defense bring to the table to improve our defense here? Besides Avalos, do you have any other names that you believe would be good candidates? Again nice post.
He's like a 5 year old playing Madden for the first time who picks the defensive playcall with the most squiggly lines. There's no rhyme or reason to what he does. We rack up TFL's and sacks on 1st and 2nd down, primarily against shitty competition, only to give up 3rd and long. We're dead last in FBS giving up plays of 10+ yards. The two offenses we faced with a pulse both put up 34+ points and 500+ yards on us. Pitt held Louisville to 223 yards, but I digress. They probably didn't script their first drives of each half like they did against Baker. Dude is ass.
 
The only grade that matters is coaching. Manny should but never takes responsibility for losses. Manny should have said after the game this ones on me. We were not properly prepared and that falls on me. Miami was out coached out schemed and got lucky that Clemson (dropped TD and blocked kicks) left a possible 16 points on the field. Instead when I listened to Manny he defended every position group the effort and how Miami competed. Ok thats coach speak. After every game Manny has said they showed different looks on defense that we havent seen before really!! If Manny cannot see after last year and the Clemson game coming off a bye preparation is a huge issue he will never get this team over the hump. Does anybody think after Miami's second possession that maybe the game plan needed adjusted? Clemson was run blitzing. King had no time. Ever hear of a screen or King in the shot gun throwing the pass to a receiver behind the line it was man coverage. The only reason the game was not over at half is because Dabo went brain dead. What did Dabo say its on me that was the worse coaching decision ever. Miami gave up 550 yards on defense. Etienne's long TD run no effort to push him out of bounds. Not what I would good coaching from a defensive guru. Venables showed how you prepare. Clemson took everything away from Miami's offense the run, pass, & QB. That is unheard of.
 
The only grade that matters is coaching. Manny should but never takes responsibility for losses. Manny should have said after the game this ones on me. We were not properly prepared and that falls on me. Miami was out coached out schemed and got lucky that Clemson (dropped TD and blocked kicks) left a possible 16 points on the field. Instead when I listened to Manny he defended every position group the effort and how Miami competed. Ok thats coach speak. After every game Manny has said they showed different looks on defense that we havent seen before really!! If Manny cannot see after last year and the Clemson game coming off a bye preparation is a huge issue he will never get this team over the hump. Does anybody think after Miami's second possession that maybe the game plan needed adjusted? Clemson was run blitzing. King had no time. Ever hear of a screen or King in the shot gun throwing the pass to a receiver behind the line it was man coverage. The only reason the game was not over at half is because Dabo went brain dead. What did Dabo say its on me that was the worse coaching decision ever. Miami gave up 550 yards on defense. Etienne's long TD run no effort to push him out of bounds. Not what I would good coaching from a defensive guru. Venables showed how you prepare. Clemson took everything away from Miami's offense the run, pass, & QB. That is unheard of.
It flat out comes down to this bro, Diaz is not head coach material if your goal is championships. Their is now other way around it. People say but he fired the whole offense last year but he had no connections to those guys. Baker is never gonna get fired or Patke but to be honest patke is the only one who’s units are playing well. Both ST and striker look good so I don’t think patke needs to go unlike what other posters say on here but baker and Rumph need to go! But $hit he can’t even fire Rumph who has been a disaster here on the field and recruting and he doesn’t even have a connection with Rumph. Diaz will go down with the ship of his defensive guys and if we’re being honest, aside from 2018 his defense has been average at best here. Constantly making back ups look like heisman contenders and giving up more explosive plays/10yards+ then any other program in football. I’m saying it now, if he doesn’t finish this season atleast 8-3 with the weak @$$ schedule ahead of us besides UNC even though they have a weak @$$ defense too, then Diaz needs to go if the goal by the university is championships. Unfortunately we know that’s not there goals, there goal is just to be a welfare university picking up that ACC check.
 
thats the damn problem. it shouldnt be a highlight. its what makes this defense into the stuff that it is right now.
we are averaging giving up 19.5 plays a game of 10 yards and over : worst in college football something has to change :
 
The only grade that matters is coaching. Manny should but never takes responsibility for losses. Manny should have said after the game this ones on me. We were not properly prepared and that falls on me. Miami was out coached out schemed and got lucky that Clemson (dropped TD and blocked kicks) left a possible 16 points on the field. Instead when I listened to Manny he defended every position group the effort and how Miami competed. Ok thats coach speak. After every game Manny has said they showed different looks on defense that we havent seen before really!! If Manny cannot see after last year and the Clemson game coming off a bye preparation is a huge issue he will never get this team over the hump. Does anybody think after Miami's second possession that maybe the game plan needed adjusted? Clemson was run blitzing. King had no time. Ever hear of a screen or King in the shot gun throwing the pass to a receiver behind the line it was man coverage. The only reason the game was not over at half is because Dabo went brain dead. What did Dabo say its on me that was the worse coaching decision ever. Miami gave up 550 yards on defense. Etienne's long TD run no effort to push him out of bounds. Not what I would good coaching from a defensive guru. Venables showed how you prepare. Clemson took everything away from Miami's offense the run, pass, & QB. That is unheard of.
Mind you that first touchdown on the throw back screen has been shown by Clemson multiple times : hell i even remember then doing it to Golden : how we were not ready for this is beyond belief :
 
Manny never takes responsibility for loss. In stark contrast to Lashlee in his post game interview taking most of the blame for lack of offense. Correct me if wrong but is not the ceo ultimately responsible for what happens
 
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The only grade that matters is coaching. Manny should but never takes responsibility for losses. Manny should have said after the game this ones on me. We were not properly prepared and that falls on me. Miami was out coached out schemed and got lucky that Clemson (dropped TD and blocked kicks) left a possible 16 points on the field. Instead when I listened to Manny he defended every position group the effort and how Miami competed. Ok thats coach speak. After every game Manny has said they showed different looks on defense that we havent seen before really!! If Manny cannot see after last year and the Clemson game coming off a bye preparation is a huge issue he will never get this team over the hump. Does anybody think after Miami's second possession that maybe the game plan needed adjusted? Clemson was run blitzing. King had no time. Ever hear of a screen or King in the shot gun throwing the pass to a receiver behind the line it was man coverage. The only reason the game was not over at half is because Dabo went brain dead. What did Dabo say its on me that was the worse coaching decision ever. Miami gave up 550 yards on defense. Etienne's long TD run no effort to push him out of bounds. Not what I would good coaching from a defensive guru. Venables showed how you prepare. Clemson took everything away from Miami's offense the run, pass, & QB. That is unheard of.
Ding ding ding....he won the off-season, so fans excuse the lack of player development, poor in-game adjustments, and accountability for team's performance. He's the HC so i will ride it out
 
Giving the D a F is kinda rough. They made mistakes but plenty times they came through.
 

2021 Commits

S
6'5"
220
Fort Lauderdale, FL
DT
6'4"
255
Miami, FL
OG
6'2"
295
Miami, FL
DT
6'4"
290
Miami, FL
DE
6'5"
210
Miami, FL
WR
6'2"
180
Miami, FL
RB
6'0"
225
Hollywood, FL
TE
6'4"
210
Frisco, TX
STR
6'3"
190
Melbourne, FL
S
5'11"
200
Miami, FL

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2020 Schedule

09/10
UAB
Miami Gardens, FL
W 31 - 14
09/19
Louisville
Louisville, KY
W 47 - 34
09/26
Florida State
Miami Gardens, FL
W 52 - 10
10/10
Clemson
Clemson, SC
10/17
Pittsburgh
Miami Gardens, FL
10/24
Virginia
Miami Gardens, FL
11/06
NC State
Raleigh, NC
11/14
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
11/21
Georgia Tech
Miami Gardens, FL
11/28
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
12/05
North Carolina
Miami Gardens, FL
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